Salix Babylonica Tortuosa var Pekinensis is also commonly known as Dragon's Claw Willow or Corkscrew Willow or Tortured Willow.
This is a fast growing Willow variety achieving a medium size as a deciduous tree with an upright almost columnar habit. The small yellowish flowers are contained within the catkins which appear in March and April just as the leaves start to appear after bare branches in winter.
It is the twisted leaves and stems that are considered the most attractive attributes of this tree. The contorted branches are prized by flower arrangers and known as Tortured Willow. These trees provide interest all year round, even in winter, when the twisted branches look very sculptural especially in frost or snow - Salix Babylonica Tortuosa is very hardy to circa -15 degrees. Growing Tip: Salix Babylonica Tortuosa trees prefer to grow in full sun in well drained fertile soil.